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December 07, 2015

Mens rea and DOJ opposition to criminal justice reform

As you may recall, PLF has moved to intervene in WildEarth Guardians v. DOJ, a case in which environmental groups seek to radically expand the criminal reach of the Endangered Species Act, contrary to its language and common sense. Ultimately, the case seeks to subject anyone who accidentally does anything that, unbeknownst to them, negatively ...

February 26, 2015

Daily Journal publishes PLF op ed on Yates v. U.S.

Earlier today, the San Francisco Daily Journal published Pacific Legal Foundation's op-ed on the Yates v. United States decision handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States this week.  In the piece, we laud the Supreme Court’s important—and correct—decision. The op-ed expands on the point PLF made in its amicus brief on behal ...

February 25, 2015

This morning's catch at the Supreme Court of the United States

The news this morning brought word that the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of Captain John Yates of the Miss Katie in his eight-year battle with the federal government about some undersized fish he caught. Pacific Legal Foundation filed an amicus brief supporting Captain Yates, and find much to like about the ...

November 05, 2014

PLF making news on the east coast by fulfilling its mandate

On the way to work this morning-after-election day, I heard a great deal of talk on the radio about “mandates.” Pacific Legal Foundation has a mandate to serve the interest of liberty from coast to coast, and the PLF Atlantic Center office follows-through on the mandate by representing clients in disputes with the government all ...

July 11, 2014

PLF opposes fishy federal prosecution

This week, Pacific Legal Foundation filed a friend of the court brief at the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of a Florida fisherman named John Yates.  Mr. Yates, a grandfather and commercial fishing boat captain for hire, found himself reeled in by a federal government in an overzealous prosecution.  The government took ...

May 15, 2014

One Fish, Two Fish, Abuse of Power Fish?

William Kent Suter, Former Clerk of the Supreme Court of the United States, recently observed that the federal government had “lost four cases dealing with fundamental rights in unanimous decisions,” and that “the positions taken by the government suggested bullying and strong-arm tactics.”  Not surprisingly, the Court re ...